The National Party list for the 2014 election brings together a strong mix of both experienced political leaders and fresh new talent, says National Party President Peter Goodfellow.
“Our 2014 list shows the benefit of our ongoing rejuvenation programme. If National was able to match its election result from 2011, we would bring in as many as 13 new MPs, alongside 46 returning MPs.
“With the depth of talent we have to choose from, settling on a list that balances new blood alongside valuable experience was not an easy task. However, we believe we’ve struck the right mix that will allow for renewal and continued stability in a third term.”
A list ranking committee made up of about 30 delegates from around New Zealand gathered in Wellington yesterday to settle on the List rankings for the September 20 election.
Mr Goodfellow believes the list underlines National’s credentials as a strong economic manager which is working hard for all New Zealanders to deliver more jobs, better public services, and higher wages.
“Our list draws on people from all walks of life, from the social sector, to medicine, business, and agriculture. We have a good blend of candidates from a variety of diverse backgrounds.”
Mr Goodfellow says that sitting MPs and Ministers have been broadly ranked in their current order, but also notes there are a number of electorates with new candidates who are likely to join #TeamKey in September.
“The Party is in great heart, and I want to thank all those MPs who are retiring at this election for their contribution to their country. I also want to thank their families for the sacrifices so many of them have made to support a busy MP.
“Despite positive polling the National Party has a huge task ahead to ensure our supporters get out and vote at this election. An unstable far left coalition remains a very real risk to New Zealand’s positive outlook.
We’ll be working very hard until polling day to sell our positive cohesive plan for New Zealand that builds strongly in what the country has achieved over the last six years.”
The National Party List for the 2014 General election is:
|9||Paula Bennett||Upper Harbour|
|11||Murray McCully||East Coast Bays|
|12||Anne Tolley||East Coast|
|14||Tim Groser||New Lynn|
|19||Nikki Kaye||Auckland Central|
|20||Michael Woodhouse||Dunedin North|
|24||Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga||Maungakiekie|
|25||Nicky Wagner||Christchurch Central|
|28||Tim Macindoe||Hamilton West|
|31||Melissa Lee||Mt Albert|
|32||Kanwaljit Singh Bakshi||Manukau East|
|34||Alfred Ngaro||Te Atatu|
|37||David Bennett||Hamilton East|
|38||Jonathan Young||New Plymouth|
|40||Maggie Barry||North Shore|
|46||Paul Foster-Bell||Wellington Central|
|47||Joanne Hayes||Christchurch East|
|48||Parmjeet Parmar||Mt Roskill|
|49||Chris Bishop||Hutt South|
|50||Nuk Korako||Port Hills|
|51||Jono Naylor||Palmerston North|
|52||Maureen Pugh||West Coast – Tasman|
|53||Misa Fia Turner||Mangere|
|58||Barbara Kuriger||Taranaki-King Country|
|59||Todd Muller||Bay of Plenty|
|65||Hamish Walker||Dunedin South|
I was a member of the list-ranking committee whose deliberations are confidential.
It is not breaching that to point out that both the rejuvenation and depth of talent provide a stark contrast with Labour.